A relieved Sebastian Vettel declared himself “over the moon” after he marked his 50th Ferrari start with race victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
But, it was far from easy for the World Championship leader, who developed a steering issue early on and had to fight tooth and nail to keep team-mate Kimi Raikkonen at bay.
Vettel now has a 14-point lead over Hamilton, who handed third place back to Valtteri Bottas on the final lap, but the German conceded he did not do Raikkonen any favours with his lack of race pace.
“I’m over the moon,” said Vettel in the podium interview.
“It was a really difficult race. I had my hands full from three or four laps after the safety car.There was something wrong, I don’t know why but the steering started to go sideways.
“It seemed to get worse then I stayed off the kerb. It wasn’t easy, I didn’t do a favour to Kimi who could go faster but I didn’t have the pace.
“At the end it did come back to it, but I really had to stay focussed the whole race. I was hoping for a couple of laps to breathe but it didn’t come.”